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HI - El Chaltén - Rancho Grande Hostel

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Hostelz.com's Review
HI - El Chaltén - Rancho Grande Hostel is one of the busiest hostels in El Chalten -- this is not too surprising since it is also the home of Chalten Travel, who drop off busload after busload of tourists here.

The Location

The hostel is also the offices for Chalten Travel, so it can be extremely useful for catching the bus to El Calafate or toward the north. It's also only ten minutes' walk to the start of the National Park so it is perfect for when you want to do a short adventure. It's also possible to see Fitz Roy from near the hostel, but then this is the same for most of the places in this small village.

Rooms and Bathrooms

There are a variety of dorms and private rooms, with dorms restricted to four beds. They are not huge rooms but are big enough with large, comfy beds. They all have windows and feel very spacious considering their size. Possibly this is because the hostel was built for its purpose as opposed to some hostels where beds are made to fit into a variety of different-shaped rooms.

Common Spaces

The hostel has a large restaurant, normally packed with people waiting for a bus or filing their stomachs before heading out on a trek. Upstairs has a few more tables and plenty of Internet-ready PCs although the internet is quite expensive. They also project a movie onto the wall every evening.

Summary

It's custom-made for travelers, with plenty of space and smart, clean rooms. People are always coming and going so it can be hard to meet others, but most folks are only there to get a decent night's sleep before heading off with their tent and sleeping bag -- so if you're one of them also this shouldn't be a problem.

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Hostelz.com Guest Reviews
5  I am from Buenos Aires, Argentina. I currently live in New York but the best trip of my life was traveling alone to the South of Argentina and staying at Rancho Grande! Chalten is incredible. The rancho is exactly what trekkers need. Good crowd, excellent staff and Javier, a wonderful host. They all made my trip the best experience of my life. What are you waiting for? Keep on the good job, gang. Looking forward to seeing you soon. Saludos. Karina  ()

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